The Fall Festival of Shakespeare

The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a non-competitive region-wide collaboration between Portland Playhouse and area high schools. The Festival is a spectacular theatrical event, in part because student actors connect well to Shakespeare; they understand the passion, the large stakes, and the disaster. High school and middle school is not unlike an Elizabethan Tragedy.

The students are not only performers in the festival, but a large and vocal component of the audience. They are most active and vibrant theatre patrons you will ever encounter. They “oooh” and “ahhh”; call out “Oh no she didn’t”; scream and laugh. It’s the closest thing we have to how an Elizabethan audience at Shakespeare’s Globe might have reacted. It’s an unforgettable experience for the students involved, and an engaging cultural phenomenon for everyone to witness.

Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers and staff who helped to make the 2017 Fall Festival of Shakespeare an incredible success! Thank you to Brud Giles for the photos above. Find more photos from friends and family of Festival participants in our Fall Festival of Shakespeare Gallery.

Festival Schedule for 2017

Friday, November 17 

Performance Block 1
Friday, November 17 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Romeo and Juliet performed by Da Vinci Arts Middle School
plus, a special performance by St. Andrew Nativity School

Saturday, November 18

Performance Block 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Arts & Communication Magnet Academy
Macbeth performed by Metropolitan Learning Center

Performance Block 3
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Hamlet performed by Franklin High School
As You Like It performed by Boise-Eliot Elementary School

Performance Block 4
7:00 - 8:45 pm
Julius Caesar performed by Fort Vancouver High School Of International Studies

Special thanks to our sponsors, which include Firstenburg Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Juan Young TrustB.P. Lester & Regina John Foundation, PGE FoundationHerbert A. Templeton Foundation, and Rose E. Tucker Foundation.

Also, the Festival receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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